Dalhousie has a special page for international applicants where you can learn more about Dalhousie's community. (Please note that some academic information may apply to undergraduate applicants only.)
Dalhousie International Centre
If you’re an international student in need of information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted travel to Nova Scotia, please see this page on Dalhousie’s International Centre website. For questions about how COVID-19 has impacted Post-Graduation Work Permits, please see this page. If you have specific questions about study or work permits, please book an appointment with an International Centre advisor.
International postdoctoral fellows with questions should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
To apply for a study permit on or after June 1, 2014, you will need a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), as well as the institution's DLI number. Dalhousie's DLI number is # O19209939282.
International degree equivalencies
Qualifications from a number of educational systems around the world are listed below. Normally, they are recognised as equivalent to a Dalhousie University four-year bachelor's degree if they have been awarded from an institution that is recognised by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a Dalhousie University B grade average. Please be advised that degree equivalences are subject to change on a continuing basis.
Please be advised that when a college is affiliated to a university the applicant must submit official transcripts and degree certificate from the university and not the affiliated college. The reason for this is because the university is recognized not the college. If a college is autonomous to a university we will accept the transcripts but they must be accompanied with a degree certificate from the university.
A - I Degree equivalencies by country name
|Argentina||6 (1-10 scale)||Bachelor Superior|
|Australia||5 (1-7 scale)||Honours Bachelor's|
|Bangladesh||Second Class Upper||Honours MA, MSc, MComm, BSc (Eng.), BArch, Bachelor (Honours)|
|Brazil||7 (1-10 scale)||4- or 5-year Título de Bacharel/Grau de Bacharel, or 4-year Título de Licenciado|
|Chile||5.5 (1-7 scale)||Licenciatura, titulo|
|China (People's Republic)||80 or better, 73 or better for top universities||4 year Bachelor's|
|Colombia||3.5 (1-5 scale)||Licenciatura|
|Egypt||Good, 70 or better, 1.6 (1-4 scale)||4 year Bachelor's/Baccalaureos or Lisans
|France||12 (1-20 scale) Assez Bien||Licence|
|Germany||2 (4-1 scale): (Gut)||Bachelor|
|Ghana||3.25 (0-4 scale) or Second class
|Hong Kong||B average or better||Honours Bachelor's|
|India||Upper Second Class||4 year Bachelor's degree
|Iran||14 (1-20 scale)||4 year Bachelor's|
|Ireland||Second class Honours||Honours Bachelor's|
|Israel||75 or better||4 year Bachelor's|
|Italy||21 (1-30 scale)||Laurea|
J - R Degree equivalencies by country name
|Japan||70 or better / B / RYO
||4 year Bachelor's|
|Korea (South)||First Class or B or 80%||4 year Bachelor's/Haksa|
|Lebanon||12 (1-20 scale)||4 year Bachelor's|
|Malaysia||Second Class Honours||4 year Baccalaureate degree
|Mexico||8 (1-10 scale)||4 year Licentiate/Title of Licentiate/Title of (field of study/profession)
|Nepal||Second Division||4 year Bachelor's|
|Nigeria||3.0 (0-5 Scale) ; 3.0 (0-4 Scale) B||Bachelor's|
|Pakistan||Second Class||4 year Bachelor's|
|Peru||12 (0-20 scale)||4 year Licenciando en… Bachiller en…|
||First Class; 2.4 (5-1 scale)||4 year Bachelor's|
|Russia||Khorosho; 4 (1-5 scale)
S - Z Degree equivalencies by country name
|Saudi Arabia||3 (1-5 scale); Very Good; 80%||4 or 5 year Bachelor's/Baccaloreus|
|South Africa||Second Class||Honours Bachelor's|
|Spain||Notable; 7 (0-10 scale)
||Título de Licenciado en…
|Sri Lanka||55% or better
||4 year Bachelor's (Special)|
|Syria||65%; Good||4 year Licence
|Taiwan||70% or better; 3 (0-4 scale)||4 year Bachelor's|
|Trinidad and Tobago||73%||Bachelor's|
|Turkey||7 (1-10 scale); lyi||Lisans Diplomasi, Mühendislik Diplomasi
|United Kingdom||Second class; 50% or better
|United States||3 (0-4 scale)||Bachelor's|
|Ukraine||4 (2-5 scale)||Dyplom Bakalavra|
|Venezuela||7 (1-9 scale); 13 (0-20 scale); 4 (1-5 scale)
||4 year Licenciado en...|
English language proficiency
International students must complete the same admission process as Canadian students. If English is not your first language, you must provide an English proficiency test score, unless:
- You received a degree where the medium of instruction is English;
- Your degree is from a country where one of the national languages is English.
Dalhousie's institution code for TOEFL test scores is 915. See a list of TOEFL iBT department codes to find the appropriate code for the program you are applying to.
Please review our admission requirements for more information.
Non-Canadian application deadlines
Non-Canadian applicants must submit their applications by certain deadlines in order to be considered for admission and funding opportunities.
Please review our application deadlines and department-specific application deadlines for more details.